Monday, March 31, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #37 (Evangelism) March 31, 2014

Hello my dear friends! After a lengthy break of writing Psalms of Discipleship, I'm back :)

Today's Psalms of Discipleship gives us a peek into the heart of the Psalmist as he celebrates the Greatness of His Awesome God. The best kind of evangelism is when we are living like God is Great in our lives.

Learning to live in His Greatness,

Denny


Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #37

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 7 Let the sea roar and all it contains, The world and those who dwell in it. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the mountains sing together for joy 9 Before the LORD; for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world with righteousness, And the peoples with equity. Psalm 98:7-9

Core Value: Evangelism

Awesome. Glorious. Wonderful. Mighty. Amazing. Magnificent. These are the kinds of words the disciple of Jesus uses when seeking to describe the kind of God he or she follows. When our life is filled with challenges that often suspend disbelief, we need to have a relationship with our Great God who is Awesome, Glorious, Wonderful, Mighty, Amazing, and Magnificent.

What is it that will attract the person without Christ to fall in love with and follow Him? Surely not in us proclaiming a god who is less than awesome, inglorious, not wonderful at all, weak instead of mighty, un-amazing, and who falls way short of being magnificent.

The role of the follow of Jesus is very clear: we need to tell the world who God says He is and what He is like. We need to proclaim the awesome power and great love of God to those who have yet to surrender their hearts to Him.

Principle #37 & Personal Application: Quality disciples enthusiastically proclaim the awesome power and great love of God.

• Our great God is praised by the roaring sea

• Our great God is praised by the mighty rivers and the majestic mountains

• Our great God is praised by you and by me

• Our great God is coming back again for you and for me

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

In what way does creation remind me of God’s greatness?

How does my focus upon God’s power help me share His love with the lost?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, may the sea and rivers and mountains never out-praise me in my worship of You. May I live my life in a way where those without a relationship with You will come to know of Your great love for them.


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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #36 (Worship) January 5, 2014

Hello my dear friends! One of the greatest gifts given to the disciple of Jesus is the ability to offer to the Lord our worship to Him. The Psalmist shows us that worship is not an activity void of personal involvement. Worship is a verb.

Learning with you,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #36

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 4 Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth; Break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. 5 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre; With the lyre and the sound of melody. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn Shout joyfully before the King, the LORD. Psalm 98:4-6

Core Value: Worship

We live in a world where we are stimulated by many things such as sporting events, high-energy concerts, and a multitude of different varieties of media. There is an on-going competition within each one of us for our focused attention. Here is the irony: not everything that pulls on our senses is a bad thing. Many things are good and should be enjoyed. The challenge before each disciple of Jesus is this: is there anything in our lives that is more exciting for us than Jesus?

The Psalmist shared his experience of what His relationship with the Lord looked like: He had an enthusiastic love for the Shepherd of the Psalms. May we learn how to grow in our worship of the Lord.

Principle #36 & Personal Application: Quality disciples joyfully express their enthusiastic love for the Lord.

• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord when we shout joyfully to Him
• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord when we break forth and sing for joy

• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord when we sing praises to the Lord with instruments

• We express an enthusiastic love for the Lord we direct our worship to the King, our Lord

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

In what ways can this passage of Scripture enhance the depth of my spiritual growth?

For me, what does it look like when I direct my worship to the King, my Lord?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, may my worship for You be an enthusiastic experience. May You fill my heart with joyous songs of worship and praise. May my life be like a musical instrument, composed with songs of mercy and grace. May my love for You be an offering of praise to my King and my Lord.

You can learn how to live as a Quality Disciple and a DiscipleMaker4Jesus by visiting my website at www.dennybates.com and my teaching blog at http://thequalitydisciple.blogspot.com/

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Psalms of Discipleship Principle #35 (Evangelism) December 29, 2013

Hello dear friends,

Today's Psalms of Discipleship is a good reminder on how important it is for us to keep our focus upon the Lord's character. When we do so, it changes us. When we are changed by Him, we are a much more effective witness for Him.

Learning with you,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #35

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 1 O Sing to the LORD a new song, For He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him. 2 The LORD has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Psalm 98:1-3

Core Value: Evangelism

From my perspective there is a lot of talking going on: talking about politics, talking about the economy, talking about the latest cultural fads, and a whole lot of talking about religion. But in the midst of all of this talking, is anyone connecting? There never has been a greater opportunity to connect the message of the Gospel (the Good News) to a world in desperate need of a clear path to supernatural peace.

We can debate the issues of right and wrong, good and bad, and left and right. We can even “win” the argument but lose the soul. The greatest impact for life change within the person who has yet to personally experience the love and forgiveness of God is made when we direct their focus upon the character of God. Our witness has to begin within our own heart first. We can experience the kind of life where we know that God is great, victorious, saving, righteous, and good. And by our experience, we can tell others too.

Principle #35 & Personal Application: Quality disciples speak and sing of the Lord’s mighty power and of His infinite goodness.

• Our God is a great God: He has done wonderful things

• Our God is a victorious God: His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him

• Our God is a saving God: The Lord has made known His salvation to the ends of the earth

• Our God is a righteous God: He has declared and revealed His perfect character to the nations

• Our God is a good God: He has remembered His lovingkindness (mercy) and faithfulness to us.

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

In what ways does this passage of Scripture help me articulate my witness to the lost?

As I reflect upon the great truths of these verses, which one resonates the most within my heart? Why?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, You are a great God who has done wonderful things for me. You are a victorious God, helping me live a victorious life. You are a saving God. Thank You for saving me. You are a righteous God. I rest in Your righteousness as I approach the Father’s Throne. You are a good God, always showing me infinite mercy and faithfulness.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #34 (Worship) October 27, 2013

Hello dear friends! We are bombarded every day with messages that hinder our need to have a closer relationship with Jesus. Often these competing messages can be very subtle and yet cause severe damage to our spiritual growth.

In today's Psalms of Discipleship the Psalmist reminds us of how great our God really is. He is the LORD Most High over all the earth. And because of grace, He is our Lord.

Learning to worship Him,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #34

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 9 For Thou art the LORD Most High over all the earth; Thou art exalted far above all gods. Psalm 97:9

Core Value: Worship

We live in a time where there is intense competition for our attention. Those who are experts in marketing research claim that we are exposed to hundreds and even thousands of visual and audio messages every day. The “winner” in this marketing blast is the one who persuades us to use their product or services. The influence of intentional marketing works.

In a similar way, the influence of false gods, idols, works all to well. The false gods broadcast messages of consumerism, pride, greed, jealousy, and wrong priorities, (just to name a few). They send thousands of unsolicited messages our way every day. “Pick me. Choose me. Follow me. Desire me . . . not Him.” For the disciple of Jesus, we must resist their message. Our call, our confession must be “for You are the LORD Most High over all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods, even our own idols.”

May we learn to tune out the wrong messages and carefully listen to the message of His great love for us and follow Him.

Principle #34 & Personal Application: Quality disciples bend their knee to the LORD Most High.

• We confess that Jesus is the LORD

• We confess that Jesus is the LORD Most High over all the earth

• We confess that Jesus is the LORD, far exalted above all gods

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

When I fix my eyes upon Jesus I am more prone to worship Him. What can I worship and praise Him for today?

What does it mean in my life for the LORD Most High to be exalted far above all gods? What “gods” in life seek to compete against Him for my love and devotion?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, It is my confession that You are the LORD Most High over all the earth, even the false gods who seek to draw my love and affection away from You. May my worship be upon You and upon You alone.

You can learn how to live as a Quality Disciple and a DiscipleMaker4Jesus by visiting my website at www.dennybates.com and my teaching blog at http://thequalitydisciple.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #33 (Worship) October 5, 2013

Hello my dear friends!

Today's Psalms of Discipleship declare the greatness of our God. The heavens declare His righteousness. Everyone on earth has seen His glory and everyone is expected to worship Him only. A Great God requires a great worship.

Learning to worship Jesus greatly,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #33

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 6 The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory. 7 Let all those be ashamed who serve graven images, Who boast themselves of idols; Worship Him, all you gods. Psalm 97:6-7

Core Value: Worship

We live in a world where “tolerance” has become the new agenda, the new world-view. In the Christian life there are some negotiables and there are some non-negotiables.

It is true that a disciple of Jesus needs to be a person of tolerance on non-moral issues such as the mode of baptism (immersion vs. sprinkling). However, there is no room for any kind of tolerance when it comes to Who is deserving of our worship. It is Jesus and Jesus only.

He will not tolerate a divided heart.

Principle #33 & Personal Application: Quality disciples align themselves with those who worship the One True God

• The heavens declare His righteousness. So do we

• All the people have seen his glory, including us

• Everyone must worship Him and Him alone. So must we

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

What comes to my mind when I think about declaring His righteousness?

What are some of the idols in my life that seek to keep God off of the throne of my heart?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, may I always give You glory as I tell others of Your righteousness. May my heart always be devoted to You and to You alone.

You can learn how to live as a Quality Disciple and a DiscipleMaker4Jesus by visiting my website at www.dennybates.com and my teaching blog at http://thequalitydisciple.blogspot.com/

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #32 (Worship). September 22, 2013

Hello my dear friends! One of the distinguishing marks of the disciple of Jesus is a heart that is set apart to worship God. We want our way, often. When we want His, we are saying to Him: "Take my heart all of it and have Your way with me."

Because He reigns over all, He reigns over our heart too.

Learning to bend my will to His,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #32

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: The LORD reigns; let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad. Psalm 97:1

Core Value: Worship

God is in charge, and we are not. This is a true statement, but we often act in ways that seek to keep us in control. How do you know if you have a heart of worship? The true heart of worship is an obedient heart, a surrendered heart, a heart that is completely His.

Principle #32 & Personal Application: Quality disciples worship a God who transcends all racial, cultural and political boundaries.

• Jesus is Lord of every person, no matter the color of one’s own skin

• Jesus is Lord of every culture, no matter the preference we choose

• Jesus is Lord of every nation, no matter where in the world it might be

• Jesus is Lord of all

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

What does it mean for me to have the Lord reign over my life?

Have I ever worshiped with another believer who was “different” than me?

What can I learn from other members of the body of Christ that will enhance my worship of God?

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, I am thankful that You reign. You reign over people from every race. You reign over every culture. You reign over every tribe and nation. You reign over me.

The Essential Core Values Of The Quality Disciple Are…

Grace—Worship—Bible Study—Prayer—Community—Service—Evangelism

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Psalms of Discipleship. Principle #31 (Evangelism) September 7, 2013

Hello my dear friends! In this Psalms of Discipleship we are reminded of the honor it is to be His ambassador, a representative of His Kingdom. In gaining a proper view of Who He is, we are able to represent Him well to those who have yet to experience His love and great salvation.

Enjoying His love and passing it on,

Denny

Psalms of Discipleship—Principle #31

Life Principles For Those Who Choose To Follow Jesus And Live The Discipled Life

Key Scripture: 9 Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, " The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity." Psalm 96:9-10

Core Value: Evangelism

One of the great joys and privileges of being a follower of Jesus is the opportunity to partner with Him. The King has given to us His Kingdom assignment: to worship Him, to give Him all glory, and to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples for Him.

He has given for us all of the resources we need to serve Him well. He has given us His grace and power. He has given us His love. He has given us the Gospel. He has given us Himself. He has given His very best. So must we.

Principle #31 & Personal Application: Quality disciples proclaim the Lord’s love, power and glory to the nations.

• When we share the Lord we are to give Him worship

• When we share the Lord we are to tell others of His great power

• When we share the Lord we are to testify of His righteous judgment

Reflect & Respond: Some Really Good Questions To Ponder…

What does it mean when I worship the Lord in holy attire?

In what way does my view of God impact the way I share about Him to the lost?

Prayer:

Lord Jesus, as I live in Your presence I am charged to do at least three things: I will worship You in holy attire; I will tremble before You and I will say to the nations that You reign. May I be used by You to tell others of Your great love, power, and glory.

The Essential Core Values Of The Quality Disciple Are…

Grace—Worship—Bible Study—Prayer—Community—Service—Evangelism

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You can learn how to live as a Quality Disciple and a DiscipleMaker4Jesus by visiting my website at www.dennybates.com and my teaching blog at http://www.dennybates.com/#!blog/c1a4e